I finally broke down and bought a seasonal veggie. I don’t know why but all the autum veggies really intimidate me; probably because I’ve never cooked with them… so I started with something simple a little butternut squash. I’m not ever sure if I’ve tasted a butternut squash prior to making this dish, but thought I couldn’t go wrong with this recipe from Martha. I was pleasantly surprised how simple this was to prepare. Roasting these babies was a piece of cake! I’m gonna be experimenting this these a lot more…

I *love* sage…

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Farfalle with roasted butternut squash, pancetta and sage
Martha Stewart

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Coarse salt
  • 3/4 pound pasta
  • 3 ounces pancetta, sliced 1/4 inch thick and finely chopped
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 10 fresh sage leaves, coarsely chopped or torn
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place butternut squash on baking sheet lined with foil for easy clean up and toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil; season with salt. Transfer to oven and roast until squash is browned and tender, about 15 minutes. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Generously salt water and return to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, according to package directions. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Set pasta and reserved cooking liquid aside. Meanwhile, heat remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add pancetta and cook until just crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Add shallots, crushed red pepper, and sage. Cook until shallots are soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add penne and squash and toss gently, adding reserved pasta cooking liquid as necessary to moisten. Add cheese and black pepper and cook, tossing gently, until pasta and squash are heated through. Serve immediately with more grated cheese.

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images: sammyw

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